How to take better video

How to take better video

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How to take better video

Everyone starts somewhere and starting off on the right foot when you’re a total beginner is easier than you may think. When you’re first starting out, it’s the basic foundational things that can make the biggest difference.

I know that at the very beginning, when I was experimenting with photography, I generally had no idea what I was doing and was stumbling through things with a trial and error style. Were you in the same boat?

I think there are three different qualities to doing video or an online meeting. Using the camera built into your laptop or tablet can work well. Here are a few useful tips…

  1. First of all…with all video and still photography…watch your background, what I mean is to be sure that things are not “growing” out of your head…be sure that the angle of the shot is flattering or at least you are in frame and not shooting into a window that is too bright or the ceiling.
  2. Second, be sure that the exposure is correct….I have seen, in zoom meetings, people set up in front of a bright window and you cannot see their face….an easy fix is to turn around and have the window light your face.
  3. Third, lighting….easiest is natural light…soft window light is beautiful. Be sure that your face is lit well by the window without harsh shadows.

Number 2 and 3 are both very good. My go to is my DSLR mostly because I use it all the time and it is so comfortable for me. I do not like the built in microphone or the one made for the camera by Nikon. For me, a shot gun mic by Rhode is very good and allows me to move around, it just slides into the hot shoe of my camera and plugs into the microphone port. What I like best about this option is that I have all my lenses available to me and I can blur the background by careful f/stop choice. The video quality is amazing!

The lighting and background choices as I mentioned above still apply.

The last thing I wanted to talk about is a dedicated video camera. The Sony that I have is not terrible expensive (around $700) but gives amazing video and has a stabilizer built in….it does an adequate job for basic video.

Next thing… stabilization

This is not a concern when using the built in camera on your laptop …but could be with a tablet or phone and defiantly is with your DSLR or mirror less camera. I always use a tripod and if you are going to do a lot of video….a fluid head is great.

For hand held, a gimble is very good, I don’t have experience using one but have friends who love them.

Lastly, I always use Manual when using my Nikon DSLR and watch to be sure my white balance is good…if it is not ok on auto white balance, I either do a custom or a preset. Many times the auto white balance is ok.

If natural light is not good…or you are doing the video in a basement or late at night…simple LED lights can work well. I would still soften the light with a photo umbrella or even a bed sheet. Try to avoid a harsh shadow on the background cased by this light….I would keep at least five feet away from the background to help with this.

Whatever camera you use, be sure it is clean…I can’t tell you how many times I have seen fuzzy photos on social media or prints photos that were blurry because the lens is dirty.

Lastly, a friend talked me into using writing down what I want to say rather than just “winging it” and it has made such a difference! Using a teleprompter like PromptSmartPro helps keep me on track.

I hope this is a help… cheers,


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